Monday, 27 April 2015

Five Ways to Entertain a Toddler at the Weekend.

Good morning everyone. I was planning to write the second half of Where it all began but then I thought I might save that for an other time. Today I am going to share five ways to keep your toddler entertained during the weekend. I know some of this is common sense but I think they all work. Rhys is at creche every day from nice to half twelve. Once he comes home the day flies by, by the time I cook his dinner, feed him. Then its some play time and by the time he is finished its tea-time already. At the weekend it a different story, Rhys wakes up at seven in the morning. Trying to keep him entertained for twelve hours can sometimes be hard, especially when you are at home for the day. These are the thngs that I do with Rhys when I have to stay at home during the weekend.

  • Hide and Seek.
As a child I loved playing hide and seek with my friends. I don't know where Rhys picked it up, but I am guesing it was from a cartoon, he enjoyes watching every now and again. As Rhys is our only child we have to play with him. It's still a lot of fun. First Rhys hides, he loves going under covers, blankets and when I am looking for him, I pretend that I can't find him. All I hear is little giggles, its so cute. Once I hide and Rhys finds me, he then hides in the same place as I just did. It's so much fun.
  • Colouring, art and puzzles
Since Rhys started play school he loves colouring and doing art, before that he wasn't really pushed. I bought a few colouring books and a huge amount of colouring pens. As a reward at the end of the week he likes to get a magazine. In those magazines there is plenty of art ideas. Even I enjoying making all the fun art with Rhys. The reason I do art and colouring with him is it gives me a half hour quite time. He isn't running around. Its nice to have some peace in the house. In the last few months he got big into making jigsaw puzzles. I have picked up a few fireman ones, and Monsters Inc. not forgetting the Toy Story one, that he loves to make. He is getting very good at them too.

    putting together a Fireman jigsaw

    having lots of fun glueing

    Going to make them all colourful and fun.
  • Football.
Like most boys Rhys loves football and hurling. Even though I have hid the hurley for a while because he was going around the house swinning the hurley and I was afraid that he would hit someone with it. We have a bit of green in our front gargen and he loves playing football with his dad. Its a boys thing.

  • Sand/Water
We all went to Dublin Zoo for Rhys' birthday last year and he loved it. If you would like to see what we did that day in pictures Dublin Zoo in pics . Rhys loved to play in the sand, he spend more time there then looking at the animals. A few weeks later we bought him a bag of play sand from Smyths toystore. It is a 15kg bag of sand for a less then a fiver. I thought that was good. I didn't have a sandpit for him so instead of buying one, I used a blow up swimming pool that wasn't being used. Now Rhys can have the sand indoors during the winter and outdoors during the summer. He is happy I am happy.

  • Read a Book.
At the end of the day just before bed I read him a bedtime story. Over the past few months I have been picking up books for Rhys. Everynight a half hour before bedtime I read him a story if its a big book, or a book if its a small one. He loves that and that is his routine. If for some reason a story isn't read to him he won't go to sleep as quickly as when a story was read to him. Its amazing what a little reading can do for a child.

Thank you everyone for reading my post it means a lot to me. I hope you enjoyed this post and please share with me what you like to do with your children. I would love to hear from you. Sorry I don't have that many pictures. Rhys was at my phone and he deleted lots of pictures. Thats just the joys of having a child around.

Christina xx

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